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August 14, 1972


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Madison, Wis

JAMA. 1972;221(7):715-716. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200200061030

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To the Editor.—  I think it would be in the interests of readers of The Journal to have some formal information regarding the stringent regulations now in force concerning personal medications carried by the traveler.In my position in a company where foreign travel is frequent, I have had discussions with the Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotics, and the Customs Service as to what precautions should be observed and what regulations are in effect. It appears that any traveler planning to carry medications with him must carry them only for his own use. The medications should be carried in a container from a dispensing pharmacist with appropriate labeling and should have affixed to it a copy of the prescription in addition to the label. This information was given to me by the Customs Bureau in Chicago which further informed me that any medications containing opium, codeine, or mixtures thereof